American Pickers to Film in California

Source: American Pickers on History Channel   |  2016-01-29

This hit show follows two of the most skilled pickers in the business, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, as they embark on an epic road trip across the U.S. in search of America’s most valuable antiques from motorcycles, classic cars, and bicycles to one-of-a-kind vintage memorabilia. Photo courtesy American Pickers on History Channel

California is excited to welcome Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz and Antique Archeology to the area. The team will film episodes of their hit series American Pickers throughout California. Filming is scheduled for early March.

American Pickers is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique “picking” on History. This hit show follows two of the most skilled pickers in the business, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, as they embark on an epic road trip across the U.S. in search of America’s most valuable antiques from motorcycles, classic cars, and bicycles to one-of-a-kind vintage memorabilia. Mike and Frank are on a mission to recycle America, restore forgotten relics to their former glory, and learn a thing or two about American history along the way.

American Pickers is looking for leads and would love to explore what you may have. They are on the hunt for interesting characters with interesting and unique items.  Some of what they look for: vintage bicycles, toys, unusual radios, movie memorabilia, advertising, military items, folk art, vintage musical equipment, vintage automotive items, early firefighting equipment, vintage clothing, pre-50’s western gear.

American Pickers is produced by Cineflix Productions for History. New episodes air Wednesdays at 9pm E.T. on History.

If you have a large collection or want to refer someone to Mike and Frank, email: your name, number, address and description of the collection and photos to: (855) OLD-RUST.

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The California State Board of Equalization (BOE) will consider lowering the excise tax rate for gasoline by 2.2 cents for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016-17 during its Feb. 23rd, 2016 meeting in Culver City. If adopted, the excise tax rate on gas will be 27.8 cents per gallon from July 1st, 2016 through June 30th, 2017. The current excise tax rate of 30 cents per gallon remains in effect until June 30th, 2016.

“Californians overpaid gas tax last year due to a bizarre and complex formula that most people don’t understand,” said Board of Equalization Vice Chair George Runner. “When prices fall we must lower the rate to ensure fairness. The cut will be a welcome and much-deserved tax break for Californians, who currently pay more taxes at the pump than drivers in other states.”

California drivers pay two types of state taxes on gas: sales tax, which is a percentage of the price and a per-gallon excise tax. Before AB x8 6 and SB 70—collectively referred to as the “fuel tax swap”—took effect in 2010, drivers paid the full sales tax rate (then 8.25 percent), and an excise tax rate of 18 cents per gallon. The fuel tax swap lowered the sales tax rate on gasoline to 2.25 percent and requires the BOE to set a per-gallon excise tax rate annually before March 1st. This excise tax rate is calculated such that drivers still pay the same amount in overall taxes at the pump that they would have paid before the swap.

In FY 2014-15, the BOE collected nearly $5.4 billion in excise tax for the state’s Motor Vehicle Fuel Account, which helps pay for highways, roads and other public transportation projects. The sales tax on gasoline also helps fund a variety of state and local road programs.

How the rate is determined

The excise tax rate takes into account a number of factors including: forecasted gas price, forecasted amount of gallons sold, sales tax revenue that would have been collected prior to the fuel tax swap, and tax revenue over- or under-collected in the prior fiscal year. The rate ensures that over a three-year period, motorists do not pay more or less in overall gas taxes than they would have prior to the swap.

The five-member California State Board of Equalization (BOE) is a publicly elected tax board. The BOE collects $60 billion annually in taxes and fees, supporting state and local government services. It hears business tax appeals, acts as the appellate body for franchise and personal income tax appeals, and serves a significant role in the assessment and administration of property taxes. For more information on other taxes and fees in California, visit the California Tax Service Center.

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Board of Equalization Vice Chair George Runner today issued the following statement regarding a BOE staff proposal to cut the excise tax on gasoline by 2.2 cents per gallon for the 2016-17 fiscal year, effective July 1st:

“Californians overpaid gas tax last year due to a bizarre and complex formula that most people don’t understand. When prices fall we must lower the rate to ensure fairness. The cut will be a welcome and much-deserved tax break for Californians, who currently pay more taxes at the pump than drivers in other states.

“In addition to tax relief, Californians need a clear tax system that’s easy to understand. The current gas tax formula is a convoluted scheme enacted by the governor and Legislature in 2010. The lack of transparency continues to erode public confidence; the public deserves to know how much tax is being collected and how it’s being spent.

“Some will use this adjustment as an opportunity to clamor for tax increases. The reality is that there is more than enough money available to repair our roads without raising taxes. It’s all about spending priorities.”

The Board of Equalization will consider and vote on the proposed tax rate change at its Feb. 23rd, 2016 meeting in Culver City.

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Town Hall Meeting for Senior Community Set for Feb. 16

Source: Scott Sandow  |  2016-02-11

Home is where the heart is. This is especially true for the 140,000 people in Placer County age 50 and older (38 percent of the entire population), some of whom may have concerns about staying in their homes as long as they can.

The senior years can be an exciting stage in our lives, but can also present challenges for our seniors and their caregivers. Placer County’s Older Adult Advisory Commission in conjunction with the Area 4 Agency on Aging offers assistance to our golden generation to help them remain as independent as possible.

Placer County District 3 Supervisor Jim Holmes will host a town hall meeting for senior citizens and family caregivers Feb. 16 in North Auburn to identify issues important to the county’s senior community. The meeting is an opportunity for the community to learn about and offer suggestions for older adult services that meet the preferences and needs of our seniors.

“This town hall meeting is a great opportunity to learn more about available older adult services,” said Holmes, who is also a member of Older Adult Advisory Council. “I’m looking forward to hearing input from our citizens on what other services may be needed to help make Placer County a place they can truly thrive."

The meeting will be held Tuesday, Feb. 16, at the Community Development Resource Center, 3091 County Center Drive, Suite 280, in North Auburn from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Additional meetings in the Roseville and Tahoe areas are coming soon.

The meeting is open to the public, but space is limited. Anyone interested in attending should call to reserve their seat, 530-889-9500, or to request disability-related accommodations in advance.

For more information about older adult services please visit the county website or county partner.

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Meredith Willson's: The Music Man

Source: Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center  |  2016-02-11

At the Historic State Theatre in Auburn - April 1-17, 2016

Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center (APPAC) has formed The State Theatre Acting Company (STAC), an in-house theater company that will present live theater and educational programs at the State Theater in Auburn. STAC will present its first musical, Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man”, April 1-17, 2016.

Winner of five Tony Awards including Best Musical, Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man” is a perennial family favorite featuring classic Broadway songs including “76 Trombones,” “Till There Was You,” “Gary Indiana,” and “Pick a Little/Talk a Little.”

The show is directed by John Deaderick with music direction by Ray Ashton and choreography by Patti Baker. The cast includes more than 35 adults and children ranging in age from 5 to 86.

 “We are looking forward to the excitement of the musical, The Music Man,” said Janis Wikoff, APPAC Executive Director. “It is sure to bring a great deal of toe tapping and marching down Lincoln Way.”

About the State Theatre Acting Company:

STAC was launched following months of planning by a volunteer leadership committee of community members who are passionate about live theater, including Patti Baker, Beth Gillogly, Glenda Gonzalez, Gini Harwell, Ben Harwell, Debra Oldziewski, and Rick Schlussel. In addition to live theater, STAC plans to offer summer educational programs for local youth.

STAC’s mission is to bring high quality, inspiring, and uplifting live theatrical experiences to our community; offer opportunities for local theater artists to share their gifts; develop and nurture future performers and audience members through our outstanding theater educational programs; and provide ongoing financial and community support to the Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center.

Date and time: April 1-17, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 2 pm. Special 2 pm Saturday matinee on April 9.

Run Time: 2 hours with intermission

General Admission: Advance tickets: $24 Adults, $22 Seniors (65+), $20 Youth 17 & Under /Students with ID. Day of Show: $28, $26, $24

Location: 985 Lincoln Way, Auburn CA

Box Office: or 530-885-0156

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Guard Against Mosquito Bites

Source: CDPH  |  2016-02-09

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today advised that although there is no evidence of mosquitoes carrying Zika virus in California, people should always take steps to avoid mosquito bites, including removing standing water and wearing insect repellant when necessary. Californians should also be advised of international travel alerts for the countries where Zika virus is circulating. 

“Although no one has contracted Zika virus in California, mosquito bites can still be harmful and the public should take steps to protect themselves,” said Dr. Smith. “Help reduce the risk of mosquito bites by removing standing water from around your home and wearing mosquito repellant when appropriate.”  

As of Jan. 29, 2016, there are six confirmed cases of Zika virus in California, all of which were contracted when traveling in other countries with Zika virus outbreaks in 2013 (1), 2014 (3) and 2015 (2). CDPH will continue monitoring for any confirmed cases in California and will provide weekly updates every Friday. To protect patient confidentiality, specific locations of infected patients cannot be disclosed.   

Zika virus is primarily transmitted to people by Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes, the same mosquitoes that can transmit dengue and chikungunya viruses. These mosquitoes — which are not native to California — have been identified in 12 California counties, although there are no known cases where the mosquitoes were carrying the Zika virus in this state. The six confirmed cases of Zika virus in California were acquired in other countries.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued a travel alert (Level 2-Practice Enhanced Precautions) for people traveling to regions and certain countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing: American Samoa, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Suriname, Venezuela and Puerto Rico.

People traveling to these and other countries with known Zika virus risk should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, including:

Use insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or para-menthane-diol for long lasting protection. If you use both sunscreen and insect repellent, apply the sunscreen first and then the repellent. Pregnant women and women who are breastfeeding can and should choose an EPA-registered insect repellent and use it according to the product label

Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants

Use air conditioning or window/door screens to keep mosquitoes outside. If you are not able to protect yourself from mosquitoes inside your home or hotel, sleep under a mosquito bed net

Help reduce the number of mosquitoes outside by emptying standing water from containers such as flowerpots or buckets

The CDC and CDPH have also issued guidance for pregnant women recommending they avoid countries where Zika virus is circulating. Pregnant women who cannot avoid travel to these countries should talk to their health care provider and take steps to avoid mosquito bites. The CDC and CDPH have also provided guidance for physicians on the evaluation of pregnant women and infants who may have been exposed to Zika virus.

Most people infected with Zika virus will not develop symptoms. If symptoms do develop, they are usually mild and include fever, rash and eye redness. If you have returned from an affected country and have fever with joint pain, rash within two weeks, or any other symptoms following your return; please contact your medical provider and tell the doctor where you have traveled. While there is no specific treatment for Zika virus disease, the best recommendations are supportive care, rest, fluids and fever relief.

There is concern that Zika virus may be transferred from a pregnant woman to her baby during pregnancy or delivery. Preliminary reports suggest that Zika virus may cause microcephaly (abnormal fetal brain development). This possibility has not been confirmed and is being actively investigated. CDPH has requested that health care providers report suspected Zika virus disease or associated conditions of microcephaly to local health departments. Local health departments will report cases to CDPH, which is coordinating referral of any specimens to CDC for diagnostic testing.

For more information on Zika virus disease and other mosquito-borne illnesses, please visit the CDPH Zika virus information webpage.

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High Sierra Residents and Businesses Urged to Stay Snow Safe This Winter Season

Source: Scott Sandow  |  2016-02-09

With the potential for snow buildup on buildings and utility systems, Placer County public safety agencies are advising High Sierra residents and businesses to monitor buildings, propane tanks and natural gas lines for signs of excessive loading due to heavy snow.

Roof vents, chimneys and flues should be monitored for blockage due to snow buildup. These systems need unobstructed access to outside air to properly ventilate. Blockages can cause carbon monoxide to back up in buildings. The heavy snow may also cause chimneys to shift, causing them to crumble or fall.

Particular attention should be paid to buildings constructed before Placer County adopted snow load standards in the High Sierra in the early 1960s. While construction standards since that time consider average snow accumulation, exceptional snow accumulation may exceed design limits creating a potential risk.

Residents should properly care for propane tanks and natural gas lines because deep snowpack can damage them and cause leaks.

“When in doubt, have a qualified professional check it out,” said Tim Wegner, Placer County chief building official. “Anyone who smells propane or natural gas inside or outside a building should call 911 immediately. They also should avoid smoking, starting engines or motors, turning on cooking appliances, using heating-air conditioning systems or using other ignition sources."

Heavy snow danger signs include:

  • Visual deformation or sagging of beams and other parts of a building’s structural support system;
  • Newly developed cracks, particularly ones that appear above windows or doors and where beams and other support structures are located. Minor cracks that expand or contract could be indications of building movement;
  • Doors and windows that suddenly become significantly harder to open or do not open at all, a sign that a building is potentially settling;
  • Water leaks inside buildings;
  • Buckling of interior or exterior siding and finishes, which may be a symptom of settling;
  • Sprinkler heads being pushed down below ceiling levels.

If there is any question about the integrity of a roof in such extreme snow conditions, then the building or area should be evacuated until professional advice can be sought.

Residents are discouraged from trying to clear roofs when the snow loads are heavy. Potential dangers include injuries caused by falling snow; roof damage caused by removing snow from some areas, but leaving heavy snow loads in others; and electrical hazards from coming into contact with overhead power lines.

Residents concerned about the snow loads on roofs are encouraged to seek the advice of California-licensed roofing or general contractors or California-registered engineers.

For propane questions, contact either the propane suppliers or local fire agencies. For natural gas questions, contact suppliers or California-licensed plumbing or mechanical contractors.

Safety tips for the proper care of propane tanks during severe weather are available on the Placer County website. The website also contains advice for natural gas users to follow when they smell gas odors.

Placer County recommends that residents share their contact information, including home and cell phone numbers, with gas suppliers, homeowner associations and neighbors. In a gas emergency, it is important that emergency personnel be able to contact affected property owners.

Operating generators during power outages and alternative heating can also create problems if not used properly. When using portable generators, keep them outdoors and far away from open doors, windows and vents to avoid toxic levels of carbon monoxide.

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Assemblyman Bigelow Earns Top Ratings from Pro-Small Business Groups

Source: Assembly Republican Communications  |  2016-02-09

Assemblyman Frank Bigelow, R-Madera, earned a near perfect score for his voting record in support of small business and pro-job legislation in 2015. The National Federation of Independent Business, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, and others gave Bigelow some of the highest rankings on their annual scorecards for the 2015 Legislative Session.

“The 5th Assembly District is built on the backbone of small businesses,” said Bigelow. “I am honored to stand up for the small business community and my voting record in 2015 shows my commitment to protect these vital businesses. I’m humbled to receive a strong rating from small business advocates.”

The 100 percent rating by the  National Federation of Independent Business is one several groups that gave Bigelow a high marks. They include:

Lifelong rancher Frank Bigelow proudly represents the 5th Assembly District, which encompasses Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Madera, Mariposa, Mono, Placer, and Tuolumne counties and includes Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park.

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LaMalfa Supports Finance Transparency Bill

Source: Doug LaMafa  |  2016-02-09

Congressman Doug LaMalfa

A Letter from Congressman Doug LaMalfa

Dear Friend,

On Tuesday, the House passed H.R. 3662, the Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act, with my support. This measure restricts the administration from lifting sanctions on Iranian financial institutions and individuals until it is proven that they are not connected with known terrorist  organizations. Iran has been designated as a State Sponsor of Terrorism since 1984, and is a known supporter of  proxy governments and terrorist factions in countries throughout the Middle East. Furthermore, Secretary of State John Kerry was recently quoted as stating, "I think that some of it will end up in the hands of the [Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps] or other entities, some of which are labeled terrorists."

This bill helps ensure that sanctions relief from the administration does not find its way into the hands of groups which use terror tactics against the United States and our allies. The measure also contains provisions to limit Iranian access to ballistic missile systems with the potential to reach American soil. Since the adoption of the Iran nuclear deal, Iran has continued to flout international restrictions by firing medium-range ballistic missiles and growing its stockpile of low-enriched uranium. I believe that the adoption of this bill will curtail further acts of aggression, and limit Iran's ability to continue to develop advanced ballistic missile systems.                                                 


- Doug LaMalfa

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State Lawmakers Demand Flexibility in Delta Pumping Requirements

Source: Assembly Republican Communications  |  2016-02-09

Today, Assemblyman Frank Bigelow, R-O’Neals, and 16 of his colleagues in the California State Assembly sent a letter to the State Water Resources Control Board, Bureau of Reclamation, California Natural Resources Agency, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service calling for increased flexibility to deliver water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to farms and communities throughout the state.

“Californians have suffered through four years of drought, and are now experiencing one of the wettest winters in recent memory,” Bigelow said. “Now is the time to capture storm runoff to use for farms, residents, and local businesses.”

A recent decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service restricts the amount of water that can be pumped from the Delta, even when there is excess water from recent storms. Last year the State Water Resources Control Board allowed increased pumping from the Delta after storms, because there was enough water to still maintain Delta ecosystems. The new restrictions will limit the amount of water that can be stored or used locally.  

Already this year, 208,000 acre feet of water have been lost due to environmental restrictions. Failing to capture this water has resulted in nearly 70,000 acres of fallowed farmland and more than 1,500 lost jobs.

A copy of the signed letter is available here and the full text can be found below. 

Lifelong rancher Frank Bigelow proudly represents the 5th Assembly District, which encompasses Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Madera, Mariposa, Mono, Placer, and Tuolumne counties and includes Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park.

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